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The SNOD ultra runnig thread

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 14:46

Impressive.  You make 32M and 40M back-to-backs sound easy!  I couldn't even contemplate doing that.

We could do with a few more nutters like you back on the marathon thread ... 


Just to inspire!

EnduranceLife Coastal Trail Series

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 14:38

Hi Matthew.  I've done a marathon and two ultras with EnduranceLife, but not your one.

Good events for relative newcomers to trail races I would say. Very slick.  Lots of fancy marquees and banners, and branded goods for sale.  Decent technical shirt and one other quality goody (in my experience).  The dog-tag medal is not too wonderful.

You carry a dibber to dib into checkpoints and at the finish and an instant print-out of split times.

By far the best element is you will get an exceptionally well-marked course in some of the UK's most stunning scenery.

The route I have found is often slightly different to the published maps but an accurate map should be available for inspection at the venue.

The courses are quite a bit over length, so take that into consideration!!  The half can be 15 miles and the full 27-28 miles (and don't talk about the ultra, which is the marathon and another loop of the so-called 10K ...)

Often decent camping available at or near the venue.

You will have noticed already that they are expensive!

A pleasant vibe from the events but a little bit too heavily branded for me.

Toenails after marathon

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 00:33

People mention trepanning = trephining which is drilling a hole through the nail to release the pressure of blood underneath but I have not met anyone who has actually done it to themselves.  The nail is usually too sore to do much with.

Most folks resign themselves to black nails which after a few weeks or months eventually grow back.  The big toenails take longest to grow back, even up to a year.

You can try to avoid it happening again by keeping the nails well trimmed (but not too short to avoid ingrowing) and filing the edge so that the nail doesn't catch on the inside of the shoe upper - the usual reason for black nails.  Also try getting shoes with a larger toe box.

London marathon medal: 2016.2 ?

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 00:05


Yes, let's have a link to that.  I could do with a laugh!

Anyone running and of the Centurion Running 50's 2016?

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 23:49

I'm not joining you guys until CW which will be my first Centurionrunning 50.  I've done a NDW100 and a DNF at mile 72 of a TP100.

Not sure what time to aim for but should be in 10-11 hour bracket.  My PB is 8:56 but that course only had 3 miles of offroad! (Dingle 50.)  It also had mile markers - unusual - including, disconcertingly, a 50-mile marker and the finish nowhere in sight!

First Ultra in September

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 18:41

Fell shoes are lighter and grippier, especially on wet rock.  They typically have soft lugs for grip which wear out in no time if you run on tarmac so best for entirely offroad runs.

If there is road on the course then an aggressive trail shoe would be better.  I'm currently quite impressed with my new Inov8 Terraclaw 250s.

Try to train on technical ground.  Depends where you live, though!

Toe pain

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 18:25

There's another toe thread on the injury front page where the issue is Morton's Neuroma.  You might want to check that out? Sounds similar.

First Ultra in September

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 11:54

Sure.  Yes, quite normal in ultras to walk the uphills!

Nutrition - this is an important aspect different to marathon running.  Unless you are a very efficient runner you are unlikely to be able to get round your ultra on gels and energy bars.  You are likely to get nauseous on them.  So, 'proper' food is the way to go and you need to start taking it on board right from the outset of your race.  Never let your stomach empty.  You will need to experiment with what foods you can easily digest while running.  I find malt loaf good and also carry dried fruit and nuts.  Feed stations are generally good in ultras, but I don't know about your event.

hydration - especially in summer you will be surprised how much water you need to take on.  You will need a carrying system, either a bladder or hand-held bottles which you can frequently refill.  You will lose a lot of salt and electrolytes so very important to consider electrolyte replacement such as Nuun tablets or your own special drinks.

gear - all offroad ultras have mandatory gear lists, so check out you have got everything on your event's list and have worked out the best way of carrying it.  You will no doubt have to experiment with different gear to find out what works for you. Take all your race-day gear out with you on your last few training runs.

route - not often waymarked!  There might be the odd waymark in particularly difficult places. No friendly marshals telling you which way to go.  You could be high in the cloud, cold and wet, with all path choices ahead looking equally indistinct.  You'll need to have some navigation skills and a map and compass are mandatory kit items.  I don't use GPS but a lot of people do.  Some events provide a pre-marked map, others a list of route instructions.

That'll do for now ...

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 11:30

The L G  - I expect you're particularly looking forward to the 20-mile point when we head off up the Pyg Track!  I'm anticipating it to be my slowest marathon ever.

First Ultra in September

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 01:26

Hi Steve

First of all - excellent decision which you won't regret.  So many aspects to get right in these longer events, they're more interesting, and you get a greater sense of accomplishment.

A few thoughts under various headings:

Training - not much more than marathon training, except extend your long run to a max of about 30 miles OR do 'back-to-backs': building up to runs on consecutive days of say 16 followed by a 20.  That should be about enough for your distance.

Do these long runs on similar sorts of terrain to what you will encounter in your event.

Important that these runs are at a very slow pace!  You will be surprised how much slower your ultra pace will need to be than your marathon pace, and your long training runs should be that much slower accordingly - probably up to 1.5 - 2 mins per mile slower.

[More stuff later ...]

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